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Southern Sudan’s Animal-Shaped Cities

by Will Wlizlo

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The government of Southern Sudan unveiled a sweeping, multi-billion dollar plan to redevelop its regional capital cities. Given the precarious financial state of the Sudanese government, the bold proposal was shockingly unexpected.  But what really had people scratching their heads was that the upgraded cities would take the shape of various fruits and animals.

Voice of America reports “the $10.1 billion plan proposes remaking cities in Sudan’s south into shapes found on regional flags.  Blueprints and maps illustrate Juba in the shape of a rhinoceros, Yambio fashioned after a pineapple and Wau as a giraffe.”

Although impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of the Sudanese urban planners, Infrastructurist’s Melissa Lafsky soberly addresses the problems of pie-in-the-sky development projects. “At the end of the day,” she writes,

(Thanks, Infrastructurist.)

Sourch: Voice of America

Image courtesy of VOA News.